Ferrari Academy driver Antonio Fuoco had an interrupted first test with the Ferrari Formula 1 team, as he crashed with three hours left to run during the first day of the second in-season test in Austria.
The 19-year-old, who is currently competing in the GP3 series with Carlin, lost control of the SF15-T when he touched the wet kerb heading into Turn One and spun into the barriers, damaging the front end of the car.
“Unfortunately I made a mistake into Turn 1,” Fuoco said. “I lost the rear of the car and was unable to catch it again, so I hit the tyre wall.”
“In another corner it might have been possible to catch the car, but this experience will help me the next time I’ll be in the car.
Aside from his accident, Fuoco was pleased with his maiden outing with the team, completing 71 laps in tricky damp conditions due to rain in the morning.
“It was a great emotion to fulfil the childhood dream of testing a Ferrari Formula 1 car but now I want more,” he said.
“The mistake had nothing to do with the car being difficult to drive. I was immediately comfortable with the car, from the first few runs.
“I also found the faster I was going, the extra downforce was making the car more comfortable to drive.
“It’s a shame we couldn’t finish the programme, partially because of my mistake and partially because of the adverse weather conditions we had.
“Of course I’m not happy with my mistake, but I also know these things happen.”
Ferrari reserve driver Esteban Gutierrez will take over the wheel for the final testing day tomorrow.
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